May 30, 2006

Lookie what the boys at GiFS found for me


And last, but most definitely not least, Ron discovered that our own Lya Kahlo was quoted by none other than the prestigious Columbia Journalism Review for her post O’Reilly: “This is the U-Whited Whites of White-merica”:

It is Bill O’Reilly’s recent immigration-related press criticism that has Lya Kahlo at God Is For Suckers up in arms. O’Reilly’s offending words (uttered May 16th in the “Memo” portion of his Fox News show, “The O’Reilly Factor”):

[The New York Times] and many far-left thinkers believe the white power structure that controls America is bad, so a drastic change is needed. According to the lefty zealots, the white Christians who hold power must be swept out by a new multicultural tide, a rainbow coalition, if you will. This can only happen if demographics change in America. An open-border policy and the legalization of millions of Hispanic illegal aliens would deeply affect the political landscape in America. That’s what the New York Times and many others on the left want. They might get it. And that’s the “Memo.”

Here is Kahlo’s reaction (well, the politer part of it): “… I can’t even pretend to be surprised that O’Reilly would say these things. It’s been a few days since his name was in the papers. And, since it looks like his political masters are going to lose big time in the next round of elections, he’s got to start lying early if he hopes to help dupe the stupid into voting for them again.”

It irks me a bit that they only quoted that paragraph because that wasn’t really the point of the post. I was trying to point out that the current climate of intolerance and hate-mongering that the Bush Admin and it’s worshippers have given us is making it ok to be a public bigot. I have no desire to make windows into men’s souls; I’m not trying to say that people can’t be bigots if they want. It matter little to me if someone is that intellectually lazy. But it is not “okay” to make this part of public discourse. I am not trying to advocate censorship moreso than we already have in this country. If this country is supposed to be by and of it’s people, than all must have their say. But not if it is designed solely to slander, lie about or defame a group you disagree with.

Those like O’Reilly, Coulter, and that pill-poppin’ hypocrite Limbaugh, et al, do little else. They offer nothing of substance, no truth, no humanity and no sense. Which I guess is why why appeal to Bush supporters. He doesn’t either.

But I do get a kick out of the "(well, the politer part of it)" bit. Yep, I'm just as bad as the rest of them. But I have the benefit of not having anyone pay attention to me. ;)